to consumer retail figures from The NPD
Group, notebooks are becoming as popular
as TVs. During "Black Friday," the name retailers give for the day after
Thanksgiving, consumer notebook sales exceeded the sales of all types of TVs.
Analyst firm Gartner expects both U.S. and worldwide fourth quarter consumer
notebook shipments to be up almost 22 percent each over 2003.
Seventy-six percent of Americans plan to give a tech gift these holidays,
according to this year's Best Buy Holiday Trend Index.
Key factors gift givers are seeking in tech products are personalization,
mobility and the ability to connect with other products as well as with friends
Laptops are also gaining popularity thanks to the growing availability of
wireless Internet access which allows Wi-Fi equipped laptops to connect to the
Internet wirelessly at home, work and public hotspots.
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